Home Ed: 34: December/2009

Ed: 34: December/2009

Editorial: No Short Cuts To Peace

It is hard to escape the conclusion that mistakes made by the Obama Administration have contributed to the current Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic impasse.

Scribblings: Can We Talk?

Many well-meaning people argue that Hamas must be engaged by Israel on the grounds that Middle East peace will be impossible without Hamas' participation.

Europa Europa: Stable Doors and Migrants

They say that the Middle East conflict has become domestic politics in Europe. And they're right. Of all the issues exercising European minds, none is more contentious and emotive than that of immigration.

At an impasse?

How is it possible that a US administration that came to office committed to the pursuit of Arab-Israeli peacemaking is today further from even getting the parties to talk with each other than at almost any point since the peace process began at the Madrid conference more than 18 years ago?

The Unilateral Fallacy

The scene is currently being set by the Palestinians for a strong and even dramatic point of entry into either bilateral negotiations or perhaps a sharp diplomatic turn toward a unilateral strategy for Palestinian statehood.

Ship Outed

The Francop was seized after being stopped, boarded, and searched by Israeli naval commandos supported by surface naval units. The preliminary search revealed arms hidden in commercial cargo containers.

Law unto Himself?

Israel's attorney-general is hardly known abroad, but a brouhaha surrounding his powers now threatens to undo Binyamin Netanyahu's young government, under circumstances he apparently did not foresee.

Essay: Somalia’s al-Shabaab

The biggest threat emanating from Somalia comes from a different source: an ongoing lack of internal order has left the country vulnerable to the rise of hard-line Islamist groups, of which the latest is al-Shabaab (the youth), which rose from obscurity to international prominence in less than two years.

Media Microscope: Settling – an Argument

Many in our media are insisting the US adhere to its unreasonable position, while others either implicitly or explicitly exaggerate the level of settlement construction and the importance of this issue.

The Last Word: Transparency

Jim Saleam has become one of the best known faces of the generally faceless far right fringe, who appears oblivious to his lack of accord with the basic decency of the population to which he offers himself as a leader.